Yesterday we talked about how authors use figurative language when they write. We talked about similes. The sentence must compare two unlike things using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’ in order to be a simile.
Today we are going to review another type of figurative language-metaphors.
Metaphors compare unlike things much like similes do, however, metaphors do not use the words ‘like’ or ‘as’ to make the comparison.
Metaphors simply say something ‘is’ something when it compares things.
For example: “Our math homework was a breeze.”
I know that my homework was not literally wind or a breeze.
I mean that the homework was not hard for me. Breezes are easy, gentle winds. They do not disrupt or cause problems. I am comparing the homework to something easy or gentle.
Another example would be: "My sister is a night owl."
I know that my sister is a human and not an owl but the metaphor compares the two.
I know that owls are nocturnal. If my sister is a night owl, she must like to stay up late at night.